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Indulging in a rich piece of pure K'KAO chocolate is one of life's simplest pleasures. Careful storage is essential to ensure every bite is a delectable experience.

Chocolate's arch-nemesis: Temperature Fluctuations

Fluctuations can cause it to develop an unsightly white layer, known as "bloom." This occurs when cacao butter rises to the surface and crystallises, altering the texture and taste. To prevent this, store your chocolate in a cool, consistent environment, ideally between 15°C and 24°C. Avoid refrigeration, as the cold, damp air can create condensation and compromise the chocolate's integrity.

Shield it from odours and moisture

Chocolate is incredibly adept at absorbing odours and moisture from its surroundings. To preserve its original flavour, always store chocolate in an airtight container. This prevents unwanted scents and moisture from infiltrating and affecting the chocolate's taste. Additionally, consider wrapping the chocolate in plastic wrap before placing it in the container for an extra layer of protection.

No direct sunlight

Direct sunlight is another adversary to chocolate. UV rays can cause it to melt, lose its shine, and alter its taste. To shield your precious chocolate from these rays, store it in a dark, dry place, away from windows or other sources of sunlight. A pantry or cupboard is an ideal spot.

Avoid the fridge

Contrary to common belief, refrigeration isn't a chocolate's best friend. The cold temperature can cause the chocolate to absorb odours from other foods and dampness, leading to a less-than-perfect flavour profile. If you must refrigerate chocolate, ensure it's wrapped tightly and sealed in an airtight container. Before consuming, allow it to come to room temperature gradually to prevent condensation.

How long will it last?

Pure chocolate (that is chocolate free from vegetable oils, emulsifiers, chemical and additives) is very shelf stable, if stored correctly. Always check the "best by" date on the packaging, and keep in mind pure chocolate often lasts well beyond this date if stored appropriately.

In the world of chocolate, storage is a science that can make or break the experience of savouring your favourite bar. Shield your chocolate from temperature fluctuations, odours, moisture, and sunlight. Remember, the best things in life are meant to be savoured, and with the right storage methods, your chocolate indulgence will be a consistently delightful experience.